Winning image by photographer Jan Martinek shows glowing pollen tubes from the Arabidopsis thaliana plant – Jan Martinek/Handout
In order to shed light on the richness of details in the microscopic universethe photography award Olympus Image of the Year Awards (IOTY) selects the most spectacular images made by professionals from all over the world specialized in this type of registration, and has just released the selected ones from the most recent edition.
The big winner was the photographer Jan Martin, from the Czech Republic. He captured the glowing pollen tubes of the Arabidopsis thaliana plant, native to Europe and Asia. To arrive at the final result of the image, the tissues of the flowers were chemically cleaned to be transparent, while the pollen tubes were stained with aniline blue (yellow fluorescence) to be seen. Scientists use the plant to study developmental and genetic processes in the plant kingdom.
Other winners were chosen from the local categories. The American Ivan Radin was awarded in the Americas with the registration of cells of the moss variety Physcomitrium patens. In Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the Dutchman Vasilis Kokkoris was selected for his fungal spore photography. And in Oceania and Asia, Australian Daniel Han portrayed the spores of a fern.
To participate, it was mandatory to use an optical microscope or other devices that have some kind of optical technology. Each contestant could enter three photos dated October 18, 2021 to March 1, 2022.
Check out the award winning images:
In the Americas category, the chosen one was Ivan Radin, an American professional who recorded the cells of a variety of moss – Ivan Radin/Disclosure
Dutchman Vasilis Kokkoris was selected in the Europe, Africa and Middle East category for his record of fungal spores – Vasilis Kokkoris/Disclosure
Australian Daniel Han captured the spores of a fern and was awarded in Oceania and Asia – Daniel Han/Disclosure Continues after advertising
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